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Dont'a Hightower

26-Year-Old Linebacker – New England Patriots

2016 Defensive Stats

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52

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2.5

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1

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2016 Defensive Projections

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2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

When healthy, Hightower is a key component in the Patriots' run defense and a serviceable IDP in the process. In 12 games this past season, Hightower managed to record 61 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Highto...

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2016 ADP:  257.91

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  9

HT: 6' 3"   WT: 265   DOB: 3/12/1990  College: Alabama  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Dont'a Hightower Contract Information:

Signed to a four-year deal by the Patriots in July of 2012.

November 22, 2016  –  Dont'a Hightower News

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Hightower recorded a forced fumble, a sack and six tackles Sunday against the 49ers.

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Dont'a Hightower NFL Stats
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  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2009 19 CFB 4 - - - - 0 0 - - - - - -
2010 20 CFB 13 - - - - 0 0 - - - - - -
2011 21 CFB 13 - - - - 1 0 - - - - - -
2012 22 NE 14 60 43 17 4 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
2013 23 NE 16 97 55 42 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 24 NE 12 89 51 38 6 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2015 25 NE 12 61 51 10 3.5 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2016 26 NE 9 52 27 25 2.5 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Dont'a Hightower – Playing Time Overview

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#1 Inside Linebacker
  1. Dont'a Hightower
  2. Kyle Van Noy
New England Patriots

Snap Count Stats

522

Defensive Snaps in 2016

Dont'a Hightower was on the field for 522 of his team's snaps on defense in 2016.

37

Special Teams Snaps in 2016

Dont'a Hightower was on the field for 37 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2016.

Year Def ST
2014 834 59
2015 594 47
2016 522 37
Dont'a Hightower 2016 Game Log
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  Snap Count Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
1 @Ari 58 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Mia
3 Hou
4 Buf 69 0 8 3 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 @Cle 29 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Cin 66 4 13 3 10 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 @Pit 68 6 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 @Buf 57 5 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 BYE Bye Week
10 Sea 70 6 10 6 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 @SF 48 4 6 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
12 @NYJ 57 5 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 LA
14 Bal
15 @Den
16 NYJ
17 @Mia

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Dont'a Hightower
As Compared To Other Linebackers
Height:   6' 3"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   265 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.62 sec
GOOD
Shuttle Time:   4.64 sec
TERRIBLE
Cone Drill:   7.55 sec
TERRIBLE
Arm Length
Not Available
Hand Length
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Vertical Jump:   33 in
WEAK
Broad Jump:   117 in
AVERAGE
Bench Press
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Dont'a Hightower: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Hightower was on the field for 67 of 68 defensive snaps in Sunday's 35-17 win over the Bengals, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

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Hightower (knee) has been removed from the Patriots' injury report.

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Hightower (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

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Hightower (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Browns.

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Hightower (knee) is questionable to play against the Browns on Sunday.

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Hightower (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's tilt against the Bills.

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Hightower (knee) is questionable to play in New England's Week 4 game against Buffalo.

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Hightower has a slight tear of the meniscus in his knee, but is progressing nicely with his recovery, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

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Hightower (knee) has been listed as inactive for Thursday's game against the Texans.

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2016

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2015

The 25-year-old linebacker -- who recorded 89 tackles and six sacks in 12 games last season -- underwent shoulder surgery back on Feb. 10. As a result, his status for the Patriots' regular-season opener has yet to be solidified, but assuming his health, he slots in as a starter in a New England linebacking corps that also features stalwarts Jerod Mayo and Jamie Collins.

2014

With Brandon Spikes gone to Buffalo, New England's four-man logjam at linebacker (Hightower, Spikes, Mayo and Collins) has been reduced to three, leaving Hightower with his first real chance to provide a decent return on the first-round investment New England made in him two years ago. Mayo will remain unchallenged for snaps, but Collins is only in his second year and should generally play third fiddle. Collins also might see some snaps at end in passing situations, leaving room for all three players. Hightower has some edge ability himself, so he too could get some pass-rushing opportunities at end after posting five sacks in his first two years.

2013

Hightower is in line to start at strongside linebacker for the Patriots. As a rookie, the 2012 first-rounder recorded 60 tackles in 14 games, a number he should easily eclipse this coming season.

2012

The Patriots moved up on draft day to select Hightower -- a linebacker who can play either on the inside or outside -- 25th overall. We'd expect the Alabama product to claim the team's starting strong-side position, a gig that figures to give him some fantasy upside in the Patriots' re-tooled defense.